Christians At War

Melody - "St. Gertrude", Arthur S. Sullivan, 1871

John Kendrick

Onward, Christian soldiers!
Duty's way is plain:
Slay your Christian neighbors,
Or by them be slain.
Pulpiteers are spouting
Effervescent swill,
God above is calling you
To rob and rape and kill,
All your acts are sanctified
By the lamb on high;
If you love the Holy Ghost,
Go murder, pray and die.

2. Onward, Christian soldiers,
Rip and tear and smite!
Let the gentle Jesus,
Bless your dynamite.
Splinter skulls with shrapnel,
Fertilize the sod;
Folks who do not speak your tongue,
Deserve the curse of God.
Smash the doors of every home,
Pretty maidens seize;
Use your might and sacred right
To treat them as you please.

3. Onward, Christian soldiers!
Eat and drink your fill;
Rob with bloody fingers,
Christ O. K.'s the bill.
Steal the farmer's savings,
Take their grain and meat;
Even though the children starve,
The Saviour's bums must eat.
Burn the peasant's cottages,
Orphans leave bereft;
In Jehovah's holy name,
Wreak ruin right and left.

4. Onward, Christian soldiers!
Drench the land with gore;
Mercy is a weakness
All the gods abhor.
Bayonet the babies,
Jab the mothers, too;
Hoist the cross of Calvary
To hallow all you do.
File your bullets' noses flat,
Poison every well;
God decrees your enemies
Must all go plumb to hell.

5. Onward, Christian soldiers!
Blighting all you meet,
Trampling human freedom
Under pious feet.
Praise the Lord whose dollar sign
Dupes his favored race!
Make the foreign trash respect your
Bullion brand of grace.
Trust in mock salvation,
Serve as pirates' tools;
History will say of you:
That pack of God damn fools.


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